No. 4 seeded Kansas State took on No. 13 seeded La Salle today in West region play. The game was played at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., only about 2 hours from Kansas State’s campus. This was more like a home game for the Wildcats and it was evident that this was a pro-Wildcats audience; an audience that in the first half was shocked. La Salle came out hot and strong, showing off their shooting ability by hitting on 18-31 shots for 58 percent including hitting 6-11 3 pointers for 55 percent. The wildcats weren’t as lucky with only shooting 11-29 for 38 percent. The Explorers led at the half, 44-26.
The second half was a different story as Kansas State came out and methodically chewed into the La Salle lead. With 5:50 left in the game it was tied 58 all. But La Salle was not to be denied. With 10.7 seconds left in the game, Jordan Henriquez missed a spinning 6 footer in the lane and Jerrell Wright was fouled on the rebound. Wright hit one of two and the Wildcats missed on a nine foot last second shot. La Salle wins, 63-61. La Salle will move on to meet Ole Miss on Sunday at the Sprint Center.